Fatimata Touré

Malian activist

Fatimata Touré is a women's rights activist and the head of the Regional Forum on Reconciliation and Peace in Gao, Mali.[1][2] She is also the head of Women’s Action, Research, Study and Training Group, which works against fistula.[3][4] In 2014, she received the International Women of Courage Award. [5][6]

First Lady Michelle Obama and Deputy Secretary Higginbottom with Fatimata Touré


During the 2012 and 2013 fighting in Mali, a hospital in Gao was attacked. Touré helped the fistula patients find a new place to live, and find medical help. Touré also gave care and shelter to those forced into marriages or raped.[7][4][8] She also spoke against violence against women.[4] She made a record of what happened, even as her own home was attacked.[8][4]



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